Thomas McKinless

A Bowl of Dog Doo, Henry VIII and S-Holes: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Jan. 15, 2018

With the deadline for funding the federal government looming at the end of the week, members of Congress still found the time to discuss Burning Man, their God-given hair color and, of course, s-holes....
Talking Syrup at Pete’s Diner with Peter Welch
 

As part of Roll Call’s At the Table series, reporter Alex Gangitano tasted one of Vermont’s delicacies — maple syrup — with Democratic Rep. Peter Welch, who hails from a part of the state where syrup is made. Watch for more on their discussion at Pete’s Diner — a staple restaurant on Capitol Hill....
Python Hunting, the Great Wall of China, a ‘Little Dance’ and More as Congressional Hits and Misses Returns
 

Roll Call’s Congressional Hits and Misses is back! With both chambers on the Hill for the second session of the 115th Congress, hear lawmakers’ funny, bizarre and awkward moments of the week of Jan. 8, 2018.

How the Open Seats Are (or Aren’t) Creating Opportunities in the House
 

Four House Republicans have already this year announced plans to retire, continuing a trend that began in 2017. Roll Call elections analyst Nathan L. Gonzales unpacks how the wave of GOP retirements could affect Democrats’ chances of flipping seats come November....
Gardner Rails Against Sessions’ Marijuana Action as States’ Rights Issue
 

Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, in a floor speech Thursday, criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind an Obama-era policy that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states such as Colorado where marijuana has been legalized....
How Congressional Debate Is Supposed to Work (And How It Really Works)
 

Do congressional debates ever really succeed in changing any minds? Senior editor David Hawkings explains the different forms of debate in the House and the Senate, and how they tend to have very little effect on legislation....
Schumer, Pelosi Slam GOP Tax Bill
 

Democratic Leaders Charles E. Schumer and Nancy Pelosi held a news briefing Wednesday afternoon following the passage of the GOP tax overhaul bill.

Lawmakers Praise Trump in Rose Garden Tax Bill Celebration
 

Republican lawmakers celebrated the passage of their tax overhaul bill at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, showering President Donald Trump with praise for his role in helping get the bill across the finish line....
The GOP is Anxious to Be Productive: 4 Takeaways From the 2018 Congressional Calendar
Roll Call Decoder with David Hawkings: wonky explainers from a Capitol Hill expert

Senior editor David Hawkings takes a look at the 2018 congressional calendar for a sneak peek at what to expect from the House and Senate come the new year....
Thunderous Applause As House Passes Tax Overhaul
 

Speaker Paul D. Ryan gaveled the passage of the GOP tax overhaul to thunderous applause from Republicans in the chamber....
‘There’s a Big Step Between Marching and Running’: Former Congresswomen On Getting Women to Run
 

Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano sat down with four former congresswomen to discuss getting passed the hurdles that prevent more women from running for office....
Brooks on Cancer Diagnosis: Losing Senate Bid May Have Saved My Life
 

Rep. Mo Brooks announced on the House floor on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with high-risk prostate cancer.

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: How Two Bills Become One Law
 

Members of the House and Senate will be going to conference committee to iron out the many differences between the two chambers’ tax bills. However, this means of hashing things out is divergent from the norm. Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings explains the various means Congress has used to reconcile disagreements between House and Senate versions of a bill....
Hill Sexual Misconduct Could Muddy 2018 Wave Potential
 

Roll Call elections analyst Nathan L. Gonzales gets specific on what a wave election really means while he also takes a look at Democrats’ realistic chances for such a phenomenon in the House in 2018....